This blog made me so happy. There will be no end to incidents… but there CAN be an end to our anger and our shame. Right now in America, women are still fighting for more respect. Part of the Feminist movement has been telling women, “Stand up! Don’t let things just happen to you because you’ve been kept down or because you’re afraid! Don’t stay silent!” And I couldn’t agree more with the encouragement to become more bold and to not quietly accept the disrespect.
However, as Minni so brilliantly captures is this concept of “the fighter”. Our bodies go into fight or flight responses to get us out of harmful situations so that we can live another day. These are good, helpful, and healthy. But our bodies were never meant to sustain these modes for very long. We either Fight and defeat/disable the opponent so that we can live on… or we flee and escape so that we can live on. In both cases, the point is to live on.
Though it is counter-culture to forgive and forget… (people will preach “forgive, but never forget” so commonly, thinking that’s how Jesus meant for forgiveness to work) Minni takes the criminal into account, and I think that is such a beautiful thing!!! I hope I can share that same head-space with her throughout my life!